New findings in psychology and neuroscience are pushing philosophers to rethink such big questions as the relationship between mind and body, the meaning of free will, just exactly what faith is, the nature of consciousness, and what constitutes happiness. There's some evidence that issues such as free will itself reflect temperament and personality. There's even more evidence that we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy, which is why we have such a hard time finding durable happiness.

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A Solution to The Biggest Mystery You've Learned to Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Ambigamy
You've probably never thought to ask even though it's the question behind all your big questions: What is trying and how did it start?

The reality sense in dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Sensory processing during REM may partially explain why we accept dream events as real.
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This Thanksgiving, Don’t Mistake Getting Along For Giving In

By Andrew Shtulman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Inconceivable
Don’t let the pundits make you feel guilty about breaking bread with your family while refusing to break your commitment to evidence and logic.
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Brains, Bats, and the Meaning of Consciousness

By Jon Horvitz Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Purple Brain
The philosopher Thomas Nagel wondered “What is it like to be a bat?”

What Is Philosophy, Anyway?

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in For the Love of Wisdom
"A feeling of being especially alive in the hurly-burly of challenge and debate."

Emotional Actions Are Not Exceptions

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Actions can be more or less emotional, but they are never completely non-emotional.

What is Love?

Most view love as the most important aspect in life. Why, then, do we spend most of our lives focusing on something else?

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.
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One Question That May Determine Whether Your Love Will Last

The one question that may determine whether your love will last

Do Animals Have Emotions? A Debate

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
The legitimacy of the argument that non-human animals have emotions is debated by an advocate and a skeptic.

The Vices of Conspiracy Thinking

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Trust
Trying to argue with conspiracy theorists can be distressing. Instead, philosophers suggest we should talk about intellectual character, virtue, and vice.

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

The Myth of the Self-Made Individual

We should be wary of those who claim to be self-made, who tout themselves as the emblems of accomplishment. These prominent people simply disregard the support they’ve had.

The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

By on November 09, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

How to Make Life Better: 12 Things to Do Today

Forget those articles in Cosmopolitan asking, "What Do Men Want in Bed?" The answer is simple: They want sex and a sandwich. Maybe pizza.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

By on November 06, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.
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I Spy With My Little Eye

Who is watching you and why?

The Joy of Solitude

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 05, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Loneliness as a subjective state of mind.

5 Tips for Critical Thinking

5 critical thinking "rules" that are useful in everyday settings and among those most frequently broken.

Mindful Aging

By The Book Brigade on November 02, 2017 in The Author Speaks
By the time you’re 50, you know yourself pretty well. You should be putting that knowledge to expansive use, seizing opportunities rather than putting limits on what you should do.

Sex and the iPhone

By Charles S. Jacobs on November 01, 2017 in Management Rewired
What do sex and iPhones have in common?

Coaches Should Be Role Models

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

By on November 01, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

Should We Prepare Ourselves for Straying?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in In the Name of Love
In order to reduce the pain of a potential romantic rejection, some people cultivate back-up romantic options. How beneficial is this preemptive strike strategy?

Is Science a Religion?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
It is common to hear that science is another religion. This view is wrong in all the ways that matter.

Blaming the Victim

By Jean Kazez on October 30, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
In the aftermath of all the recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault, can we talk about how to avoid danger without making the mistake of blaming the victim?

Why Do We Love (and Hate) Feeling Scared?

By Rob Henderson on October 30, 2017 in After Service
Why do we love feeling afraid, but also hate it? The paradox is simpler than you think.